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Federal relief money for the coronavirus has injected more than $1 billion into Oklahoma’s public schools. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports that in many places, it’s giving schools a chance to catch up on much needed infrastructure improvements.KOSU による
 
School board meetings used to be pretty boring. But now they’ve become a battleground over big political topics like the coronavirus and race. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports with The Oklahoman’s Nuria Martinez-Keel on what’s happening at these meetings in Oklahoma.KOSU による
 
As thousands of Oklahomans battled COVID-19 in ICUs earlier this year, hospitals’ demand for liquid oxygen skyrocketed. The strain highlighted supply chain and infrastructure challenges inside and outside the medical system.KOSU による
 
Earlier this week, the ACLU announced it would lead a coalition of civil rights and educational groups suing Oklahoma over its controversial critical race theory ban in federal court. StateImpact’s Robby Korth talked with ACLU of Oklahoma legal director and attorney Megan Lambert about the legal action.…
 
Host: Earlier this month Oklahoma School for the Deaf unveiled a fresh logo featuring their new Bison mascot. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports the Bison name flips a new page in the storied history of Oklahoma’s school for deaf students. NEWSPAPER CLIPPING PAGE FLIP RK: John Reinenger is thumbing through a book of old newspaper clippings. The page…
 
In a weekly update to state agencies, the Oklahoma State Department of Health warned that strain has led to cutbacks. It reads, in part, "Urgent care centers are reporting decreased hours or are shutting down due to inability to serve patient volume or redirect staff to other facilities to support increase in patients." Like all other health provid…
 
Dr. Cameron Webb is the senior policy adviser on COVID-19 equity on the White House’s response team. After federal regulators approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for booster doses, Webb talked with StateImpact about who should get the third dose and why.KOSU による
 
A growing number of schools around Oklahoma are starting to mandate masks in their hallways, with opt out provisions. StateImpact’s Robby Korth takes us inside the first public school in Oklahoma to require masks this semester.KOSU による
 
Dr. Mary Clarke says there's an age-old problem: doctors don't talk about their own problems. She is the president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. That group saw trouble coming. Doctors, who already tend to struggle with mental health, started dealing with something plaguing all of us for the past 18 months: the pandemic. Financial strug…
 
Early childhood education is something Oklahoma has traditionally done well. But as parents fear the effects of COVID-19 on their youngest children, the state is seeing a steep drop in the number of students enrolled in Pre-K and kindergarten programs. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports on the decline.…
 
As the school year started in August, cases of COVID-19 among teachers and students grew across Oklahoma. StateImpact's Robby Korth and KOSU's Kateleigh Mills spoke with an Oklahoma City metro teacher named Anna about her experience catching the coronavirus and missing more than a week of classes.KOSU による
 
About every other person in Oklahoma can't get dental insurance. Nonprofits scramble to fill in the gaps, caring for people who come in with broken teeth, painful abscesses and worse. State officials took a major step in ramping up access this year, opening preventative coverage to adults enrolled in SoonerCare.…
 
The Biden administration lashed out at Oklahoma’s policies limiting mask wearing in a letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt and state schools superintendent Joy Hofmeister Wednesday. StateImpact’s Robby Korth sat down with Hofmeister to discuss its contents and Oklahoma City Public Schools’ masking requirement rules, Thursday. In a statement sent by a spokesm…
 
School is in session across Oklahoma, even as the pandemic continues to rage and the Delta variant impacts more and more children. Managing editor Logan Layden sat down with StateImpact reporters Robby Korth and Catherine Sweeney for a discussion on the disruptions already occurring.KOSU による
 
People who are personally affected when justice is denied will never think about the state's courts and law enforcement in the same way. StateImpact’s Quinton Chandler reports wrongful convictions can do long lasting harm and change how individual Oklahomans view the criminal justice system.KOSU による
 
As the school year draws nearer, COVID-19 is not the only disease putting pressure on Oklahoma’s children’s hospitals. Across the state, kids are being admitted amid an unseasonable surge in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. With demand already high, a back-to-school spike in COVID-19 could create a strain on pediatric beds.…
 
Oklahoma is making a big bet on helping students in the wake of a year interrupted by the coronavirus with mental health supports. StateImpact’s Robby Korth travels to Poteau to report how the district is leveraging a $35 million program to hire hundreds of counselors in schools across the state.KOSU による
 
House Bill 1775 was supposed to do a lot of things: Ban critical race theory, ensure white students aren’t shamed for actions of their ancestors and limit difficult conversations in the classroom. But the actual effects are unclear. StateImpact’s Robby Korth sat down with Oklahoma State School Boards Association attorney Brandon Carey to discuss wh…
 
A school year like no other has now led to a summer like no other for Oklahoma students. StateImpact’s Robby Korth traveled to Stillwater to see how schools are incorporating fun and going back to basics to get students ready for a more typical fall.KOSU による
 
When a constituent first came came in to advocate for needle exchange programming, Oklahoma State Rep. Carol Bush wasn't sure what to think. That didn't sound like the kind of policy likely to succeed in Oklahoma's deeply conservative statehouse. She and other supporters focused on the policy's public safety benefits and leaned on famous Republican…
 
Oklahoma continues to rank top three in the nation for Hepatitis C deaths, but health officials are hopeful recent policy changes will help reverse the trend. Hepatitis C — a viral liver infection — is a problem nationwide. It’s the most prominent chronic blood-borne infection and leading cause of liver transplants. It can cause many complications,…
 
The state partnered with substance abuse treatment providers to eliminate a counter productive wait time people struggling with addiction had to bear to get into treatment. Providers say the change is giving people a better chance to live.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
As the academic year winds down, schools are already looking toward the next one. It’s bound to be more normal. But as StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports there’s also bound to be thousands of new teachers in Oklahoma’s classrooms.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
Oklahoma has administered nearly 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Like all other states, it has done so free of charge to residents. That is possible largely because thousands of volunteers pitched into the effort.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
StateImpact’s Robby Korth didn’t get a haircut for over a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But, more than two weeks after getting fully vaccinated, he takes us inside Carwin's Shave Shop for his much needed trim.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
Attending school remotely has been an inconvenience for students and parents, and a major burden for many. For children experiencing homelessness, it’s all but impossible. 25-thousand Oklahoma children didn’t have a permanent home - before the pandemic. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports how the state’s only school tailored specifically for homeless…
 
Over half of Oklahoma’s state prisoners are at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus. Prisoner advocates say incarcerated people needed access sooner than the state authorized.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
The people who are willing and able to travel out to mass vaccinations sites have already done it. The vaccine program is entering a new chapter: reaching Oklahomans who are either vaccine hesitant or facing barriers.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
A lawsuit settlement between Oklahoma’s State Board of Education and The Oklahoma Public Charter School Association will greatly change the way public schools are funded. StateImpact’s Robby Korth spoke to Chris Brewster, President of the charter school organization and superintendent of Santa Fe South in Oklahoma City about the genesis of the laws…
 
Spring assessment tests are an annual spring tradition in Oklahoma. But this year, they'll look quite a bit different. StateImpact's Robby Korth goes to Calumet to see how a school that normally thrives is prepping.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
In part two of a story about what in-person school looks like in Oklahoma, StateImpact’s Robby Korth takes us to Hillcrest Elementary School in El Reno. The district has gone to great lengths to make in-person schooling work. This story was produced by KOSU’s Kateleigh Mills.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
SoonerSelect — otherwise known as managed care — will shift $2 billion in Medicaid funding to four private health insurance companies, tasking them with coordinating care for about 700,000 Oklahomans. Opponents are concerned the program was designed hastily, that it will reduce health access for low-income Oklahomans instead of improving it, that t…
 
In Kevin Stitt’s State of the State Address, the governor brought a new definition for the term “ghost students” to the mainstream. StateImpact’s Robby Korth and The Oklahoman's Nuria Martinez-Keel explain Stitt’s new definition and its effects on education funding policy.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
The Tulsa Race Massacre was famously forgotten in Oklahoma history classes for decades. But as the 100 year anniversary of the tragedy approaches, StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports keeping that memory alive is as important as ever in the state’s schools.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
The state Legislature’s session was badly disrupted last year by the pandemic . It’s back starting Monday, and faces a long list of pressing issues and unfinished work from 2020. StateImpact health reporter Chatherine Sweeney, education reporter Robby Korth, and criminal justice reporter Quinton Chandler met with Republican Oklahoma Senate Presiden…
 
Federal prisoners threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic complain they and other prisoners weren’t quarantined after having contact with infected people. They also say staff often don’t wear masks.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
Immersion learning works like this: students come to school and they learn in two languages, usually English and something else. But COVID-19 has made teaching at these schools difficult. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports with Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
Throughout the pandemic, long-term care facilities have had to implement lockdowns. For Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, the isolation used to protect their physical health can further damage their brain health.StateImpact Oklahoma による
 
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